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Renovation ongoing at Sheshan observatory

The 113-year-old Sheshan Observatory is undergoing a major renovation — the first in a century — that is intended to restore it to its original glory, a senior official said yesterday.

A permanent exhibition about the history of the observatory will be closed to the public during the renovation, which is expected to be completed in November.

Officials have also discovered many rare, historic photos of  the oldest observatory in China which were taken in 1900, Tang Haiming, an official with the observatory, said yesterday.

The observatory, designed for astronomical purposes, on top of the west Sheshan Hill, was built in 1899 in the 25th year of Emperor Guangxu’s reign in  the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911).

“We hope to get the original look of the observatory after the two-month renovation,” Tang said.

The observatory has one of China’s oldest telescopes.



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